Get ready to ford streams without a roof. Land Rover confirmed that, as long expected, it plans to sell a convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque from 2016. Though few other details have been revealed, photos and videos of the car in a new railroad tunnel beneath London signal that the convertible will have similar off-roading capabilities to the standard Range Rover Evoque.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible was first shown as a concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show. While there was no official confirmation the car would go into production, our spy photographers spotted several prototypes testing over the years. Reports suggest the Range Rover Evoque convertible will only be about 165 pounds heavier than the standard SUV, with prices about 10-15 percent higher. The regular Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was refreshed for the 2016 model year and debuts at this week’s Geneva auto show with visual updates and new diesel engines for Europe.
Although the car shown here wears camouflage, we can see that below the beltline, its design closely matches that of a regular hardtop Evoque. In the U.S., the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible will likely be sold with a 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will be one of the few convertible SUVs sold in the U.S., alongside the Jeep Wrangler, now that the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet has been discontinued. Expect more details on the Range Rover over the coming year. Until then, check out the new model in action in subterranean railroad tunnels in the video below.